I read a great article from the NY Times that I found to be apropos of this discussion. As mentioned in the article, I think predictive analytics would be very useful. Data from past students’ records high school grades, SAT scores, Regents scores, etc) create a “profile” we use to help identify incoming students who have a stronger likelihood of poor academic performance. The next step would be offering the necessary, relevant supports for success. We shouldn’t be waiting for students to ask for help, we should be reaching out to them.
I’m not sure if any of you have already read this article or if it’s already been posted here somewhere, but in case you’d like to read it: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/02/opinion/sunday/graduation-rates-wayne-state.html